Herman Voth died Dec. 6, 2010 at 95. He was born Mar. 1, 1915 in Steinfeld, Russia to Nikolai and Kaethe (Bartsch) Voth. Herman’s mother died a year later, and his father married Katherine Thiessen. Due to the political instability, the Voths immigrated to Canada in 1925. At 10, Herman began Grade 1 not knowing English. The family began farming in Hochfeld, Man., during the Depression. By 1939, they were able to build a barn and house in Arnaud, Man. Walking with God was important to Herman’s parents. In 1931, at an evangelistic service in Winkler, Man., Herman gave his heart to Jesus. He enrolled at Winkler Bible Institute in 1935. There he met Katie Janzen. Herman married Katie Oct. 6, 1938. They spent their lives in ministry, teaching Bible school in Ontario and B.C. and pastoring South Abbotsford (B.C.) MB Church; East Aldergrove MB Church, Abbotsford; Herbert (Sask.) MB Church; and Otter Road Community Church, Aldergrove, B.C. Herman also worked as a chaplain in Tabor Home in Clearbrook, B.C., and in Morden, Man. In 1983, Katie died of cancer. Herman lived in Winnipeg, Winkler, Man., and back in Morden, where he preached at Tabor Home’s German services. In his retirement, Herman enjoyed fishing, reading, and watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Predeceased by Katie, daughter Elfrieda, grandson Andrew Nikkel, daughter-in-law Jean Voth, 8 siblings; Herman is mourned by children Bert (Barb), Herb (Virginia), Ruth (Walter) Ewert, Maryanne (John) Nikkel, Vi (Ed) Siemens, Dorothy (Harry) Funk, Don (Jan); 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters; 3 sisters-in-law.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.